Rep. Brooks struggling as Katie Britt snags endorsements for open GOP Senate seat

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks (R) was left for dead when former President Donald Trump rescinded his endorsement earlier this year, opening up the flood gates for challengers to fill the retiring Sen. Richard Shelby’s soon-to-be empty seat.

According to The Hill, while Brooks and his team scrambled to rebuild his political brand and image, GOP Senate candidate Katie Britt, who happens to be a former aide to Sen. Shelby, stepped up to the plate, and seems to be gaining momentum. 

Britt just recently snagged several high-powered endorsements, including nods from Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA).

She also snagged support from Shelby, her former boss, as well as a Republican group affiliated with Senate Minority Leade Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

The primary results

In the state’s May 24 primary, no candidate was able to clinch the nomination, which would have required securing 50% or more of the vote.

Britt seems to be the strongest candidate, having roughly a 15-point lead on Brooks, which is somewhat comfortable, but nothing close to a safe bet.

Alabama GOP strategist Jon Jones told The Hill that he believes it’s still “anybody’s race.”

“Obviously, this is the middle of summer, and people have a lot of things on their minds besides elections. And so we’ll have to see actually who turns out to vote,” Jones said.

Britt’s statement

The GOP candidate hasn’t held anything back as far as calling out Brooks, her opponent, for his career politician status, telling potential voters in the state that it’s time for fresh blood.

“The people of our state are sick of failed, do-nothing career politicians who only serve themselves while getting nothing done for Alabamians,” Britt said recently.

She added: “We will continue to work tirelessly to get our message out and visit all 67 of Alabama’s counties. The future of our state is on the ballot on June 21, and together, we’ll preserve the American Dream for our children and our children’s children.”

Only time will tell if she manages to hang on to enough momentum to go on to fight in the November midterms, but in this day and age, the political winds can — and often do — rapidly shift.

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